The Fatal Child
By John Dickinson
(David Fickling Books, Library Binding, 9780385751117, 560pp.)
Publication Date: September 8, 2009
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The final novel in this compelling trilogy set in a medieval fantasy world.
Atti is the Fatal Child. Beautiful and adored, she is troubled by a recurring nightmare of violence and betrayal. She can love no one and trust no one, and she wakes screaming in the night.
Driven by his love for Atti, Ambrose, son of Phaedra, gives up his wandering existence and takes the throne. This is the story of his kingship and his attempts to remove the curse of Beyah, the weeping goddess, from his land. For while Beyah weeps, she poisons hearts, and only when the weeping stops can peace be restored to the kingdom.
Seen through the eyes of Padry, close advisor to the king, and of Melissa, maid to the queen, this is a passionate story of love and betrayal, power and sacrifice, hope and loss. Prophecies are fulfilled and story threads are concluded as Ambrose and his mother struggle to come to terms with their destinies.
John Dickinson is a house-husband, touchline Dad, and writer. He is also the household cook, a struggling tenor, and treasurer for the parish church. He lives in Painswick, Gloucestershire.
Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, August 1, 2009:
"It is immensely rewarding, for older teens or adults with the courage to make the journey."